Life in Ithaca has taught me an abundance of patience. I am originally from California. Going from summer all year round to the weather changing every five minutes has trained me in many ways. The weather may seem like a small thing to some, but it has shown me a great deal.
Each season brings new obstacles, just like different stages of life provide new mountains to climb and rough seas to sail. With spring comes the flowers, but you can’t have them without the April rain. The sun shines high in the sky in summer, but along with it you get the blazing heat. The flaming fiery reds and oranges on the leaves of all the trees are worth the the chapped lips in the fall. The snowman cannot be built without the winter storm.
Patience gets me through all of these challenges, big and small. Being in Ithaca builds a sense of calmness and stability when roadblocks seem like the only thing standing in the way. The change of the seasons is a metaphor for how life goes, and what it takes to persevere: patience.